Living Differently


Living Differently

(This series is in progress. As such - words and images are subject to drastic change)

With the world becoming more and more structured, Living Differently is a series documenting people that live close to or outside the machine of modern society.


Part 1 - The Delany Family - Horse-Drawn Travellers

(/ Alternative(or)Horse-Drawn Travellers)

Chapter 1: 4 Weeks with Pete and Rachel Delany


1st Camp

Images (c) Google Maps

2nd Camp

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3rd Camp

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4th Camp

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Horses: Smith (23), Bluebell (niece of Smith), Bonzi, Bob (Pete was giver him when Bob was 5/12, he had been in a field all his life and is scared of traffic and won't get over his fear. Has caused damages to harnesses and the Wagon, Pete is thinking of giving him away), Benny.

Dogs: Mumper (7?), Blinky (?)

Others: 3 Chickens, 'Hoppy' the Dove Racheal rescued out of a gutter with a broken leg

Pete 45/54? father of Jordan, Hazel

P/R Father and Mother of Bryony (Horses: ? Dogs : ?) Judah (Horses: Snowy. Dogs: ?).

Watched Cruzy and Wilf grow up. Pete paints wagons. Pete does wood carving in spare time and Rachel paints things like horseshoes and buckets.

Together 24 years, horse drawn for 23 years

Pete was dojng an aprentaship at a car bodywork building company and got really depressed so he booked a few weeks holiday and hitchhiked, leaving behind the job and a life. He raised a family on the road and his two daughters are still traveling in wagons of their own.

Pete ran the horse drawn area of the Big Green Gathering then ran/runs his own festivals: The End Of The World Festival (ongoing) Beltine Bash (Ongoing) Horse Drawn Camp (ongoing) [?get rest of names?] with his family. He is the singer and guitar player in a folk/punk band 'The Hedgerow Crawlers'

Pete: "I've got faith. I've the got faith that I'll down there and right round the corner will be exactly what I need"

Was photographed in 1980s:

Chapter 2: Christmass Holly Wreaths

By the Redditch Crematorium, on the Sainsbury's roundabout, where the Delanys have been camping each year for ? years.

Image (c) Google Maps

Pete collects moss, and the holly. Everyone makes the wreaths. Moss or fir is wired to a circular frame then holly and fir get finished off with a coloured bow. 

Chapter ?: - Pete Makes and Paints A Waggon

Chapter ?: The Beltane Bash

Chapter ?: Cruzy And Wilf, Traveling Woodsmen


Horses: ?

Dogs: ?


Horses: ?

Dogs: ?

A simple idea done with skill. They find a place out of the way but where people will see them; a place where their horses can eat and they can find fallen trees, or buy them, to carve animals and objects from them. They create a sort of shop window and sell them all before moving on as the horses can only carry so much weight.

They only started living this way a few months before I met them. "Since Christmas". I met them in ?

Judah, son of Pete and Racheal Delany, came (along with Bryony, Daughter of Pete/Racheal, and a friend or two) to use one of Wilf's power tools on his Owl.

Crazy and Wilf know each other but are not traveling together. Like many people who live this way, they met on the road and decided to set up camp together. Crazy went off home to make a wagon roof for a paying acquaintance while Wilf stayed there for a day or two longer, completing work ordered by a well-off local pre-school.

Part 2 - Campers

Chapter 1 - Capitan Jack

He travels around, living from his bike.

He told me he used to be in the merchant navy. He talked about getting malaria while working in Africa with a charity and about jumping overboard, saving a Chinese crewman who had unclipped his safety line to reach further while painting the hull and fell, hitting his head-rendering him unconscious, into the sea. He said he goes to Poole a lot because it's the 2nd biggest port in the world. He talked about putting his head lamp on and catching lobsters in a cave for dinner while in Poole.

I didn't want to know his name, I though this was apt due to his reason for living like this. He said he really didn't like how ordered about by society he felt when he retired from the merchant navy. "I put the keys through the letterbox and went".

When I was cycling up the canal towards his camp, I was suddenly struck by the idea that I could leave everything behind and live as he does.

Me: "Do you like sailing by yourself?" Jack: "Yeah...." "....I've got this ability of holding the tiller, dosing off all the time"

He has been doing this for "11 or 12 years"

Part 3 Life Among Death

(or finding life among death or finding a life among death)

Part 4 - Benedictine Monastic Life

Chapter 1 - Belmont Abbey, Hereford

St. Benedict was a ? and left the Catholic church as he didn't agree with the teachings, he went to ? and became a self-sustaining hermit of sorts until other's joined him to listen to his teachings/version of 'the word of god', living as he did, self sustainably.

(Pieces of information to be arranged into separate paragraphs)

It's now rare for someone to start to become a Monk so their numbers are dwindling.Father Cadfan looks out over the monk graveyard. He is given the role of a tour guide, showing people roundHe wears his Rosary beads like a bracelet for constant access to prayerA figure of a crucified Christ, Catholics usually have graphic figures often incorporating blood and emotionA cross stands behind the Father Abbot of Belmont Abbey, Hereford, England. Many crosses and figures decorate Catholic buildings and Churches as they believe it glorifies GodThe Abbot's ring, given to him by the other monks at Belmont Abbey as a replacement for his stolen Mitre. A Mitre is given to a monk when he becomes an Abbot. Father Abbot was badly mugged while delivering a truck to a small town in Israel. A football used to play with the Father Abbot of Belmont Abbey, Hereford, England's dogs The view from an open window within the monks' Enclosure, where the monks' Cells are. A Cell is a monk's personal room. A bed in the infirmary, still warm from the previous Abbot who was buried the day before I got to the Abbey. His personal items are on the table next to the bed and the room smells of mouthwashThere is said to be a small pice of the True Cross in this vaultThe Abbot's ring, given to him by the other monks at Belmont Abbey as a replacement for his stolen Mitre. A Mitre is given to a monk when he becomes an Abbot. Father Abbot was badly mugged while delivering a truck to a small town in IsraelWhen a monk passes his possessions are laid out on his bed for the rest of the monks to take what they wantThe Abbey's infirmary where monks pray for the health of ill monks


Chapter 2 - Nuns of Stanbrook, Yorkshire

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My Bike

Cyril meets Jack.

Cyril Bennis from Swan Rescuer just dropped off a dead Swan at the local vets and Captain Jack came round the corner. They had met before: Cyril borrowed Jack's bike tire pump by TESCO. Jack had forgotten this but Cyril reminded him.

Pete and Rachieal's campsites

Drone shots by Alan Locke


People wearing the GoPro